Profile – Anusha Kamesh, McGill University

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Anusha Kamesh

Anusha Kamesh


Anusha Kamesh

Job title:

PhD Candidate and contributor to the AMiNDR Podcast

Place of work / study:

McGill University (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Area of Research:

Transgenic animal model of Familial Parkinson’s Disease

How is your work funded?

Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS), Michael J. Fox Foundation, McGill University.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a senior PhD candidate whose research is focused on characterising neurotransmission in a mouse model of Parkinson’s Disease. My focus is on glutamate and dopamine transmission in the striatum of the brain at a pre-symptomatic state. My hope is to contribute to the understanding that will lead us to treatments that stop or prevent disease onset altogether.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself:

I am a musician and composer and wrote a piece called Journey of a Neurotransmitter, which is now the music of AMiNDR.

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher?

What single piece of advice would you give to an early career researcher? Find joy in performing the research. These are difficult and long years of your life, so might as well use it to contribute to your emotional and intellectual fulfilment.

What book are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?

I just started reading Sapiens, so it may be too soon to recommend it but 11 pages in, I am enjoying myself quite a bit!

Can we find you on Twitter & Instagram?

I don’t have Twitter or Instagram but am on Soundcloud and Youtube.

Want to share your playlist?

I wrote a song called Never Saw It Coming, and created a spotify playlist that captures musical elements that either inspired or came out of the song-writing process.

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